LB Kaiwan Lewis (6-2 230) of Hammonton, NJ has offers from USC, Tennessee, East Carolina, Virginia, LSU, Rutgers, Boston College, and Tulsa and is hearing from Florida and Alabama. “He is an outstanding player,” said his coach Paul Stacco. “Hopefully, he will go south to play.” Lewis is familiar with USC and has already visited the school. “I like the people, the facilities, and the surrounding community,” said Lewis. “They have a cool coaching staff. I like the new academic center and they are upgrading everything.” Lewis says he wants to revisit Columbia. “I’m going in July and I might go to the spring game,” he said. He also plans to visit Florida, Central Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, and Boston College. He did not name a favorite.
DL Martin Aiken (6-3 245) of Bamberg-Ehrhardt has truly become a national recruit. Thursday he was offered by Southern Cal giving him offers from coast to coast. Trojan assistant Willie Mack Garza offered Aiken Thursday according to his coach Butch Crosby. Aiken has over 20 offers including Clemson and USC. Some of the others are Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Illinois, NC State, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, North Carolina, Auburn, Alabama and Michigan. Aiken will visit Tennessee this Saturday for a junior day. According to Crosby, Aiken is in no hurry to make a decision. “He wants to see who comes in thru the spring,” he said. “If he does not decide in the summer, he will wait until after the season. He wants to see where he fits in, where he’ll have a chance to compete for playing time, and the academics.” Former USC assistant Shane Beamer, who is now at Virginia Tech, talked with Aiken on the phone Wednesday night.
OL Oliver Jones (6-6 300) of Ninety Six has offers from Clemson and USC at this point and is drawing interest from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and East Carolina. He has been to Clemson and USC for junior day visits and will go to Georgia this Saturday. He has no other visits planned after that but will check out some schools during spring practice. Jones missed all of last season with a knee injury and is on track to at full strength for this coming season. He knows schools don’t have good film on him so he wants to wait until after his senior season before thinking about a decision. He liked Clemson and USC on his visits there and feels Clemson is recruiting him the hardest right now. Jones said he has no real favorite “but if I had to say, it would be Clemson, but it’s not that big of a lead.” Jones said his family is not pushing him towards either school and it will be his decision. And he said he’s not a lock to stay in state, but he does want to stay in the Southeast.